After spending the week in Manhattan designing her namesake fur and lifestyle collection, Adrienne Landau likes to relax and recharge at her beach house in Long Island’s North Fork. To her, “homecoming” means “relaxing, warmth, redecorating.” So when does she feel most at home? “When a huge snowstorm hits New York. I’ll catch up on a big stack of magazines, sitting with a cup of hot cocoa and marshmallows with a fur throw to keep me warm.”

Here, Landau shares her typical weekend.

I’m an early bird, even on weekends. I love getting up early in Mattituck, New York, on Long Island. The water, rocky beaches, and huge rock formations continue to inspire me. I wake up to the most spectacular views as my bedroom in Mattituck is on the side of a cliff. The first thing I need is a big cup of coffee, and I love having a light breakfast filled with all the local fresh fruits from the lovely farm stands. If I had a stressful week, I go for one of their homemade doughnuts.

I spend my mornings hitting all the garage sales on the North Fork. I get to see all of the beautiful scenery, and of course, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Driving alone gives me time to think and clear my head. Gardening is one of my favorite weekend activities – cutting branches, trimming trees, cutting vines. It’s definitely a stress reducer. The North Fork is known for its wine, so I love having a couple friends over for a drink and a swim. I always wear a huge hat and a long kaftan – anything animal print. I was a painter originally and still love to paint, especially in a place like Mattituck.

On Saturday evenings, I typically throw on a pair of trousers and a great blouse to hit a screening with friends or family. Afterward, we’ll stop by one of the low-key North Fork restaurants and, if I’m feeling indulgent, I’ll grab a pie at the famous Briermere Farms. I also love firing up the fireplaces and watching a comedy surrounded by my fur throw and pillows. I can’t live without them!

I’m stir-crazy by Sunday, ready to hit the big city. We throw our stuff in the car, drive back, and immediately hit the flea markets. I love getting inspired by all the clothing, the furniture – I’m obsessed!

Lauren David Peden writes for Rue La La as a Contributing Editor.

Editor’s note: This piece was written prior to Hurricane Sandy. Thankfully, Adrienne’s house was unharmed by the storm. To help those who were affected please donate here.

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November 9, 2012

For all the season’s highly anticipated (or soon-to-be-planned) occasions, these are the classy, flirty, and fancy dresses I simply can’t say no to.

Dream Job
Looking to stand out in an interview? Skip the scented résumé and opt for this classic pencil dress with a jewel neckline. It’s a silhouette they’ll expect in a color they’ll never forget.

Date Night
The perfect balance between modesty and mystery – this fun, flirty number brings attention to your waist and legs without showing too much skin.

Every season calls for the ever-versatile LPD (little print dress). This modern update on the polka dot is both work- and party-appropriate.

Girls’ Night
There are some looks that only our girlfriends can truly appreciate. With shoulder-to-hem ruffles and double buttons on the cuffs (this isn’t your average shirtdress), just wait for the all-approving jaws to drop.

Black Tie
First: find the perfect dress. Second: find the perfect occasion. This is the kind of floor-length gown we plan parties around.

Find these dresses (and more!) at our One-Piece Wonders: Dresses for Every Occasion Boutique, opening Tuesday, October 23 at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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October 23, 2012

Split into three aesthetic categories – Relaxed, Refined, and Romantic – our Rue Project: The Master Suite Re-Do Boutique packs every last detail you need to kick that bed and bath up into Master Suite status. Sort of like a Choose Your Own Adventure book – just way better.

For the Refined suite: Keep hues classically understated (like this cream throw and bedding). Structure is also crucial in achieving a more tailored look; this angular lamp adds a perfect touch of polish.

For the Relaxed suite: Here, comfort is key. Paired with low-key bedding, this blue rug keeps things easy-breezy casual. And to drive the point home? Slip into a blissfully soft terry robe.

For the Romantic suite. With slightly darker hues (like camel-colored bedding), a smattering of ornate details (like this artfully carved bench), and ethereal window panels (to render any ray of sunlight a soft, golden glow), the mood is most definitely set.

Our Rue Project: The Master Suite Re-Do Boutique opens Tuesday, October 16, at 3PM ET.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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October 16, 2012